25 Apr 2017

Review: Belif Witch Hazel Herbal Extract Toner and Deep Moist Creamy Moisturizer


Just like the Tincture of Chamomile, Witch Hazel Herbal Extract Toner is one of the first Belif products that I bought when I walked into the store. I knew I was gonna buy it the moment I poured it onto the back of my hand seeing how the milky liquid gets fully absorbed into my skin without leaving a trace, and how my skin appears much smoother, softer and radiant afterwards. A love at first sight.

Apart from Laneige Essential Skin Refiner - Moisture, this is probably the only milky toner that I enjoy using. I think I even like this better than the Laneige one as it is much more moisturizing, soothing and smells more "natural" in a way.

And since it is pink, and I found another pink lady in the line, which is the Deep Moist Creamy Moisturizer, I am gonna do a review for both products just to see whether or not these two are the perfect pair for each other and how they work respectively. I will also do a conclusion after comparing their texture, performance and ingredients used.



Belif Witch Hazel Herbal Extract Toner is a moisturizing toner designed specifically for sensitive and dry skin. But I personally think dehydrated, dull and rough skin can use this as well. It is formulated using 2% sodium hyaluronic solution and 10% Belif's ultra moisture control herb complex to offer deep hydration for the skin. Its 2% emollient content contributes to the enviable glow you get after applying. It doesn't have any controversial ingredients like mineral oil, synthetic preservative, dye, fragrance and animal origin ingredients. My sensitive skin friend love using almost everything Belif!



The product is housed in a solid plastic container with a twisted-open cap. Don't put it upside down as the product is not designed to prevent leaking if you do like that. The opening on top is quite wide so you can accidentally pour too much onto your hand so you gotta be careful on that!


The toner has a milky essence consistency, but it is definitely more watery and better absorbing than essence. You will get a radiant, glowy and plumper looking skin once the product is fully absorbed.


INGREDIENTS

Water, Dipropylene Glycol, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Extract (3.5%), Jasminum Officinale (Jasmine) Extract, Corchorus Olitorius Leaf Extract, Glycerin, 1,2-Hexanediol, Pentaerythrityl Tetraethylhexanoate, Hexyldecyl Ethylhexanoate, Poncirus Trifoliata Fruit Extract, Alcohol Denat., Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract*, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract*, Nepeta Cataria Extract*, Rubus Idaeus (Raspberry) Leaf Extract*, Baptisia Tinctoria Root Extract*, Stellaria Media (Chickweed) Extract*, Sodium Hyaluronate, Cyclopentasiloxane, Betaine, Tromethamine, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Dimethicone, Trisodium EDTA, Fragrance+, Limonene

Napiers original formula*
Fragrances of natural origin+

INGREDIENTS ANALYSIS
(CosDNA)

This contains 3.5% witch hazel extract, but that doesn’t mean that this is made completely of water, the witch hazel has to be dissolved in some solution, be it alcohol, water or the 2% sodium hyaluronate solution Belif mentions, but at least Belif is being open and honest about this. And 3.5% is not necessarily impotent, ginseng extract, for instance, requires as little as 0.1% to be effective as a skincare ingredient for your skin. Other things like jasmine flower extract, corchorus olitorius leaf extract, poncirus trifoliata fruit extract, as well as a bunch of Belif’s unique blend of herbal ingredients are packed into this bottle as well.

Witch hazel extract is a known astringent and sebum-regulating ingredient. It is used in a lot of toners as pores tightening and skin toning ingredient to replace alcohol. It contains tannin, which is a really effective anti-inflammatory and astringent component to treat soreness and bruises on the skin. It is also an effective antioxidant that can fence off free radicals that might lead to aging of the skin. The ingredient is also effective at enhancing the appearance of dry or damaged skin, reducing flakiness, regulating sebum and tackling acne-causing bacteria. Basically an all-in-one miraculous ingredient commonly used in toner type products!

Jasmine extract, just like witch hazel, is a soothing and rejuvenating ingredient. It is traditionally used to restore the suppleness of the skin, help maintaining its elasticity and fight off harmful bacteria. As an essential oil, jasmine can also fade acne scars and stretch marks. Saluyot as well as bitter orange extract, on the other hand, are antioxidants that can promote youthful complexion and treat inflammation on the skin.

And then we have a blend of Belif’s herbal ingredients such as oat kernel extract, calendula flower extract, catnip extract, raspberry extract, wild indigo extract, and chickweed extract that I believe to be the “moisture control herb complex” that Belif is referring to. These are commonly seen in many Belif products, and are all potent anti-inflammatory, moisturizing and anti-oxidizing ingredients. They can treat skin conditions like eczema, psoriasis, acne and flakiness. Raspberry leaf extract is also rich in vitamins and minerals and can help to tighten pores and increase skin’s resilience to external stressors.

Most of these ingredients, except for the controversial solvent “alcohol denatured” and a slip agent, are mostly rated safe on CosDNA scale. And a lot of Belif products have their herbs dissolved in alcohol so I don’t think the alcohol in here should be taken as what it is. My friend with extremely sensitive skin uses it without any problem.

Next, I want to go to the Deep Moist Creamy Moisturizer from Belif, which belongs to the same "line", before moving on to discussing the performance of Belif toner.


This is a highly moisturizing skin conditioning lotion for dry skin. I don't think normal, combination, or oily skin will enjoy using this. I personally find applying this feels really buttery, creamy and rich on the skin. Unless if I apply a pearl size amount, I will always have the urge to go wash it off later.

Belif claims that this is meant to provide long-lasting, dewy hydration. But for me, it feels more like "long-lasting, greasy shine". I ended up using it on my body, and subsequently giving it away to a friend of mine who has dry and flaky skin.


It doesn't look as bad on the picture but believe me, if your skin is not dry (NOT DRY), then this stuff won't sink in well. If you have dewy, balanced or oily skin, do not use this, chances are you will regret!

INGREDIENTS

Water, Hydrogenated Polydecene, Glycerin, Pentaerythrityl Tetraethylhexanoate, Dipropylene Glycol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Polyglyceryl-3 Methylglucose Distearate, Betaine, Glyceryl Stearate, Panthenol, *Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract, *Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, *Nepeta Cataria Extract, *Rubus Idaeus (Raspberry) Leaf Extract, *Baptisia Tinctoria Root Extract, *Stellaria Media (Chickweed) Extract, **Alchemilla Vulgaris Leaf Extract, **Viola Tricolor Extract, **Rosa Damascena Flower Extract, **Spiraea Ulmaria Flower Extract, **Althaea Officinalis Root Extract, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Extract, Jasminum Officinale (Jasmine) Extract, Corchorus Olitorius Leaf Extract, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Extract, PEG-100 Stearate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Stearic Acid, Dimethicone, Carbomer, Tromethamine, Xanthan Gum, Trisodium EDTA, ***Fragrance, Citronellol, Limonene.

*Napiers Original Formula. **Napiers Moisture Formula. ***Fragrances of Natural Origin.

INGREDIENTS ANALYSIS
(CosDNA)

As expected, all the emollients, emulsifiers and viscosity controls are moved upward, leaving lesser room for real-good stuffs for your skin. This is, as it claimed, a bottle packed full of moisturizing emollients!

We have the same old Belif’s moisture control herb complex, and some added few like lady’s mantle extract, pansy flower, rose flower extract, meadowsweet flower extract, and althaea flower extract. The remaining ones are the same as what we have in the toner, but in different amounts. Lady’s mantle is a star ingredient in Belif Aqua Bomb. It is an antioxidant and skin conditioner that can regulate sebum production and purify the skin. Pansy extract and meadowsweet extract are both anti-inflammatory agents that can fight off acne and stimulate blood circulation to your skin. Basically, these have similar functions to the other herbal extracts but are normally seen in anti-acne and skin soothing products in Belif.

Although the texture is really creamy and thick, there isn’t anything too bad about the ingredients. Only a few rather commonly used viscosity controls and surfactant like cetearyl alcohol, stearic acid, PEG-100, dimethicone and carbomer are flagged mildly acne-causing and potentially irritating. And these properties might be contained or mitigated in the presence of other soothing ingredients in this product.

PERFORMANCE


In short, although both are in pink, I like the toner, but not the moisturizer way way better. 

Belif Witch Hazel Herbal Extract Toner, in my opinion, is a very well made toner for drier, dull and sensitive skin. It doesn't contain any harsh ingredients even though it is made of witch hazel extract, which might lead your skin to become drier due to its astringent properties. But this Belif one, smartly incorporates the many benefits of witch hazel like sebum regulating, blood circulation improving, moisturizing, and texture-enhancing, without its associated harshness and dryness.

However, this is not really an everyday toner for me. If you have dry, dull or dehydrated skin, you will appreciate this greatly. But if your skin is doing well on its own, or if your skin is not feeling dry on a particular day, this might be too moisturizing (not rich, just moisturizing) for your skin. I don't find myself using it everyday but whenever my skin is feeling dry, sensitive or dull, this will be super helpful to give the boost in hydration. The rule of thumb is... keep two toners in your dressing table, one for drier skin days, and the other one for oilier skin days!

You can check this out for the comparison review of all four Belif toners I have used in the past few years!

As for the moisturizer, I don't like it. I don't like its consistency, which is why I don't like it. And I am not racist (cosmetic-consistency-racist), I just don't find it sitting well on my skin without messing up with my skin's moisture and oil levels. It is just too much for my skin. Given that, you don't want to know its performance. If you really want to know, I can only say that the driest part on my feet are enjoying this very much. But, paying RM 160 for a 125ml product that only goes to my feet is something I should really think about now. 

CONCLUSION


Belif Witch Hazel Herbal Extract Toner
packaging: ★★★
scent: ★★★★
texture: ★★★
ingredients: ★★★★
efficacy: ★★
overall impression: ★★ (I love it when my skin is feeling dry, sensitive, and dull)

Belif Deep Moist Creamy Moisturizer
packaging: ★★★
scent: ★★ (creamy shea butter scent)
texture: 
 (subjected to personal preference)
ingredients: ★★
efficacy: 

overall impression: 
☆ (it is not meant for me)

You can get this from: Belif Malaysia | Gemfive | Gmarket | Koreadepart
[Disclaimer] This is NOT a sponsored review. Products are purchased with my own money. All copy right of contents and images in this article is strictly mine.
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